Bike Week and Active Travel 2021

21 May 2021

Two students walk beside their bikes through South Park, the Oxford skyline is behind them

Transport Services shares information on activities, discounts and prizes available during Bike Week, National Walking Month and beyond.

There is nothing quite like the buzz after you’ve been on a ride.

To celebrate Bike Week running from 30 May - 5 June 2021, the UK’s largest cycling awareness raising week, we are encouraging you to get involved and help someone make the switch to cycling, please find below a range of activities to get involved with.

Cycling UK - there are many virtual events from basic bike maintenance, journey planner information to Cycling Yoga LIVE for you to be able to enjoy with family and friends. For the more serious cyclist and those who fancy a challenge, there are a number of cycling challenges including the Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge, encompassing over 2,000 miles. Here's how to get involved:

  1. Go for a cycle during Bike Week and share your ride online using #7daysofcycling
  2. Log your ride for a chance to win some awesome prizes
  3. Take part in some of the exciting digital events happening during the week

Full details of events and challenges can be found on Cycling UK’s Bike Week webpage, and there are prizes available too!

Joyriders - seeks to empower women through cycling, and has a number of rides organised locally, in the Oxford area, in May, including one on the 30 May between Wolvercote and Oxford Brookes. Why not visit its Eventbrite page and sign up for a ride?

Local active travel routes - being outdoors has great benefits and often it can make us feel happier and healthier. Oxford City Council has launched GO Active Outdoors, which provides information of key routes and ideas on the open spaces near you. You can also download the Local Walks app to your mobile device for walks within your area.

National Walking Month - takes place during May. As we know from the recent pandemic, walking is good for our minds, our bodies and our neighbourhoods and has been a great way to stay active and connected.

Did you know? To support cycling, the University also offers some great benefits and discounts to help support cycling, details can be found on the transport webpages, alternatively please email

The University is supporting Living Streets challenge to make more local journeys by foot, and everyone who does can enter into a prize draw, #WalkThisMay!

So use this as an opportunity to inspire someone you know to get outside with you, or use an exhilarating bike ride as a way to reunite with people and friends you haven’t seen for a while, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Whatever you do, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the thrill of the ride (or walk)!